Should I travel to Tunisia?

February 13, 2018

As of July 26, 2017, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is no longer advising against travel to all parts of Tunisia. This means that it has now withdrawn the advice for the capital, Tunis, and major tourist resorts. The revision means UK tour operators can start to sell holidays again to these parts of Tunisia for the first time in two years. However, the FCO continues to advise against travelling to parts of the south and interior as well as certain areas near the borders with Algeria and Libya.  

For the latest advice, check the FCO site.

Is it now safe to travel to the Tunisian capital and major tourist resorts?

Following the Tunisian terror attack in the resort of Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, on June 26, 2015 – as well as the earlier atrocity in Tunis on March 18, 2015 – the FCO took the decision to warn against all but essential travel to Tunisia, advice which it has now softened. However, it is important to note that the FCO says a state of emergency is still in effect in Tunisia. The government body still warns that “terrorists are still very likely to try to carry out attacks in Tunisia” and “security forces remain on a high state of alert in Tunis and other places”.

The UK Government says its update reflects its assessment that the risk to British nationals in Tunisia has changed.  

As well as warning against travel to the south and west of the country, where it borders with Libya and Algeria, the FCO also advises that holidaymakers "should be vigilant at all times, including around religious sites and festivals”.

TravelSupermarket spokesperson, Emma Grimster says: “Security has been increased in the destination, however, as with anywhere, holidaymakers should always keep a close eye on Foreign Office advice before both booking and travelling abroad.”  

What stance are major operators and airlines taking on Tunisia?

TUI has recently reinstated Tunisia into its programme (as of January 4, 2018) for summer 2018. Departures will be available from May, with four flights a week leaving from Birmingham, Bristol, Gatwick, and Manchester.

Now that the FCO's advice has changed it is a case of waiting and seeing when the other big tour operators put packages to Tunisia from the UK back on sale.

What if I travel to parts of Tunisia against the advice?

If you decide to go to areas the FCO advises against visiting, any travel insurance cover you have will no longer be valid (unless you have taken out very specific insurance).

Please note: This is an updated version of a previously-published article. All facts were correct at the time of the most recent update (February 13, 2018).


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